The MS thesis option is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a research project under the mentorship of one of the program faculty members and defends that thesis to the program faculty. The objectives of the MS thesis option program are to provide opportunities for each student to:
Develop skill and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and related disciplines of bioinformatics, developmental biology, microbiology, or biophysics.
Initiate, conduct and complete a research project that makes use of the knowledge and skills relevant to the program.
Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results.
Develop competence in acquisition and interpretation of the scientific literature relevant to the program disciplines.
This degree requires completion of 20 didactic credits and at least 10 research credits.